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Posted by John Fasoldt on 15:14:27 5/22/2008 from 24.0.128.169:

In reply to: Will we need an exterminator? posted by Kristine on 13:56:39 5/22/2008 from 205.206.24.77:

When a cottage like that, only used part of the time, you can have ants that come in, wander around until they find their way out or they die. The entire cottage is also a dead air space. It would be better to have some ventilation, if possible, to fix that condition. Also leave all of your closets, cupboards and leave all of your clothing drawers cracked open. Dishwaher too. And leave washer and dryer doors open. This will promote better circulation. Tough to do if youíre a neatnik, but itís really better in the long run. If youíre only away for a week or two, it wonít matter. Longer than that it is helpful.

Surrounding the house with diazinon wonít help at all. Diazinon is a repellent insecticide, the ants detect it, and you could actually trap your ants inside with that repellent effect. Much better to use a non-repellent, such as the two I mentioned above. The ants do not detect it, and is therefore scattered through the colony, affecting all the ants. HOPEFULLY! Naturally, it all depends on many factors, so if you donít want to tear into a wall, this would be the next obvious choice. Using both these chemicals does take some expertise, your exterminator has to be familiar with the effects of both, and be able to balance the two chemicals. Mix it ďfunnyĒ and it just wonít work right.

As far as opening a wall is concerned, any ant nest could be hidden by insulation, and it could be small enough so that you could punch holes all around and not hit the right spot. So unless hubby (or you) is familiar with repairs for that, it could get expensive. Exterminators can sometimes inject dusts into the appropriate places, and repairs for that are easy, just a smear of spackle. But even then, you have to have a good sense of exactly where everything is going and if itís in the right spot. And the insulation inside those walls can also prevent dusts from getting to where theyíll do any good.

The Termidor/Phantom treatment can help those problem places where you just canít get to the nest, or donít know where it is. They are non-repellents, so the ants do not detect it.

So I would think, if you canít find a nest, that the combo treatment would be the easiest and cheapest route. Again, get someone familiar with this treatment.

---John



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